The Villa boss has to decide where to place his efforts to get players tied down on new deals, keeping them at the club and maintaining the integrity of key positions in the team.
The players in question are Ron Vlaar, Darren Bent, Chris Herd, Enda Stevens, Lewis Kinsella and Graham Burke.
Certainly in the case of the first two players, the manager has to decide whether they are going to be part of his plans should Villa stay in the Premier League.
Vlaar is a key leader for the team and an important player in defence, while Bent can provide extra firepower up front, potentially getting the chance that Paul Lambert never gave to him.
Bent does have the characteristics of the sort of player Sherwood has already had a big impact on such as the way he transformed Emmanuel Adebayor at Tottenham and he was banging in goals for loan side Derby before getting injured.
Sherwood’s negotiation and persuasive skills are going to be fully tested over the next couple of months.